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The Club: Johnson, Boswell, and the Friends Who Shaped an Age

Leo Damrosch · Yale University Press
Pages: 488
Format: Paperback

Named one of the 10 Best Books of 2019 by the New York Times Book Review "Damrosch brings the Club's redoubtable personalities - the brilliant minds, the jousting wits, the tender camaraderie - to vivid life ... " - The New York Times Book Review In 1763, the painter...
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Tightrope: Americans Reaching for Hope

Nicholas D. Kristof
Format: Hardcover

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Slaying Goliath: The Passionate Resistance to Privatization and the Fight to Save America's Public Schools

Diane Ravitch · Knopf
Pages: 352
Format: Hardcover

From one of the foremost authorities on education and the history of education in the United States, "whistleblower extraordinaire" (The Wall Street Journal) , former U.S. Assistant Secretary of Education, author of the best-selling Reign of Error ("fearless"--Jonathan...
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999: The Extraordinary Young Women of the First Official Jewish Transport to Auschwitz

Heather Dune Macadam · Citadel
Pages: 400
Format: Hardcover

On March 25, 1942, nearly a thousand young, unmarried Jewish women boarded a train in Poprad, Slovakia. Filled with a sense of adventure and national pride, they left their parents' homes wearing their best clothes and confidently waving good-bye. Believing they were going to work in a factory...
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Overground Railroad: The Green Book and the Roots of Black Travel in America

Candacy Taylor · Abrams Press
Pages: 360
Format: Hardcover

The first book to explore the historical role and residual impact of the Green Book, a travel guide for black motorists Published from 1936 to 1966, the Green Book was hailed as the "black travel guide to America." At that time, it was very dangerous and di cult for African-Americans...
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A Fool's Errand: Creating the National Museum of African American History and Culture during the Age of Bush, Obama, and Trump

Lonnie G. Bunch III · Smithsonian Books
Pages: 288
Format: Hardcover

Founding Director Lonnie Bunch's deeply personal tale of the triumphs and challenges of bringing the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture to life. His story is by turns inspiring, funny, frustrating, quixotic, bittersweet, and above all, a compelling read.

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How to Be a Dictator: The Cult of Personality in the Twentieth Century

Frank Dikotter · Bloomsbury Publishing
Pages: 304
Format: Hardcover

From the Samuel Johnson Prize-winning author of Mao's Great Famine, a sweeping and timely study of twentieth-century dictators and the development of the modern cult of personality. No dictator can rule through fear and violence alone. Naked power can be grabbed and held temporarily,...
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The Bomb: Presidents, Generals, and the Secret History of Nuclear War

Fred Kaplan · Simon & Schuster
Pages: 384
Format: Hardcover

From the author the classic The Wizards of Armageddon and Pulitzer Prize finalist comes the definitive history of American policy on nuclear war - and Presidents' actions in nuclear crises - from Truman to Trump.Fred Kaplan, hailed by The New York Times as "a rare combination of defense...
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Bubble in the Sun: The Florida Boom of the 1920s and How It Brought on the Great Depression

Christopher Knowlton · Simon & Schuster
Pages: 432
Format: Hardcover

Christopher Knowlton, author of Cattle Kingdom and former Fortune writer, takes an in-depth look at the spectacular Florida land boom of the 1920s and shows how it led directly to the Great Depression.The 1920s in Florida was a time of incredible excess, immense wealth, and precipitous...
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